Golden Knights Defeat Predators in 5-4 OT Thriller
The Vegas Golden Knights have ended 2022 on a high note after escaping Saturday’s game vs. Nashville with a 5-4 win in overtime. Vegas went through the ringer throughout the game as they went down early, came back to tie, scored twice more to build a lead, and proceeded to surrender three goals including one with 3.3 seconds left in the game which force a 3v3 overtime they’d go on to win.
Keegan Kolesar picked up his 4th goal of the season in the first period to begin the Golden Knights comeback, and his goal was assisted by Daniil Miromanov and Brayden McNabb.
the 🔑 to a good time is scoring goals!!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/ZVMQTuN1Rt— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 31, 2022
Michael Amadio picked up his 5th early in the 2nd period to tie things up with captain Mark Stone and Chandler Stephenson both picking up a helper.
Reilly Smith said "y'all mind if I snag the lead?" pic.twitter.com/oOeYRFJbXm— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 31, 2022
Reilly Smith, because who else would it be?, scored later on in the period to make it 3-2, and his 18th of the year was assisted by Kolesar and William Karlsson.
Fun with Stephenson 😁 pic.twitter.com/IxPCjEgtg7— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 31, 2022
Chandler Stephenson picked up his 10th strike of the year early in the 3rd, and Mark Stone picked up his 2nd assist of the game and at this point it looked like the the Golden Knights were well on their way to heading into the new year with one final win on their ledger.
And then... Filip Forsberg happened. Forsberg scored Nashville’s first goal of the game unassisted in the first, and he scored at 11:41 of the 3rd, and again on the power play with just seconds remaining to force overtime.
FILIP FORSBERG IN THE DYING EMBERS 🤯— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) December 31, 2022
Forsberg has a hat trick and 500 career points, his third tally coming with 3.3 seconds left.
Luckily the Golden Knights’ best players stepped up, and with an extra skater on because of delayed penalty, Stone and Stephenson played a game of catch before the captain fed Hague for the game winning goal.
Nic Hague went off on this one-timer and so did @Dan_DUva and @garylawless on the radio 📻 🤩 pic.twitter.com/tF8QdU66Ds— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 31, 2022
Logan Thompson picked up the victory stopping 33 of 37, and improved to 17-9-1 on the season. Stone and Stephenson each tallied 3 points, Kolesar had a goal and an assist, and Smith, Amadio, Karlsson, McNabb, Hague, and Miromanov each picking up a lone point.
The victory put Vegas back into first overall in the Western Conference, and they head into 2023 with a record of 25-12-2 with 52 points in 39 games. Vegas is off on New Year’s Day, and will be in action next on Monday, January 2nd at 6:00 pm vs. the Colorado Avalanche.